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Sneaker Stars: The Best Sneakers for Every Workout

Add more spring to your step this season with a new set of shoes. Our 140 sweat-testers ran, walked, biked, and hiked their little hearts out­ -- sampling 84 different styles! -- ­to bring you these must-buys for your favorite activity.
Adidas AdiPure Adapt Your Guide to Going Minimal

For many runners today, less is definitely more -- at least when it comes to the cushioning in their shoes. Millions have embraced the idea of minimal shoes, which weigh less and encourage a midfoot or forefoot strike rather than a heel-heavy landing. Shoe designers have taken note, engineering a new generation of footwear that lowers the height, or drop, between the heel and forefoot to naturally encourage this running style.

But beware: The closer your foot is to the ground, the more careful you need to be about form. Land primarily on your mid- or forefoot, with feet under hips and body leaning forward slightly. Increase your mileage slowly to avoid injury, and don't be surprised if your feet ache a bit at first; it takes a while to build up strength in their muscles.

For a Barefoot Feeling

The lace-free "slipperlike" design of the 4-ounce Adidas AdiPure Adapt is "extremely comfortable," even without socks, and the shoe "fits like a glove." The firm rubber outsole "won't slip" as you stride, so you get a barefoot feel with protection from the road. ($90, adidas.com)